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Understanding common injuries in car crashes

On Behalf of | Mar 26, 2024 | Blog, Injuries

Car accidents are a leading cause of injuries and fatalities on the road. Sadly, these accidents continue to occur far too often.

Understanding the common types of injuries that can result from car accidents is important for drivers, passengers and all road users.

Whiplash and other injuries

One of the most prevalent injuries in car accidents is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the head is suddenly jerked forward and then snapped back, causing strain on the neck muscles and ligaments. This can lead to pain, stiffness and reduced range of motion in the neck. Other common injuries include broken bones, concussions, internal injuries, and soft tissue damage.

According to MedlinePlus, pain from whiplash can take hours or even weeks to become evident. This highlights the dangers of traffic accident injuries and why it is necessary for drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists to focus on road safety.

After a crash

In the event of a car accident, it is vital to seek medical attention promptly, even if you do not immediately feel injured. Some injuries, such as internal bleeding or concussions, may not exhibit symptoms right away but can be severe if left untreated. It is helpful to undergo a thorough medical evaluation to diagnose and treat any injuries effectively.

Defensive driving techniques, such as maintaining a safe following distance and being aware of your surroundings, can help reduce the risk of accidents and injuries. Remember that safety should always be a top priority when behind the wheel to minimize the risk of accidents and their associated injuries.